The Eternal Fog Of The Grand Banks


We have been on our way for about 36 hours since we left St. John’s NL, but our world has been surprisingly small since then. We have been sailing between very dense fog among icebergs ever since. We saw about 6 or 7 of them on the radar, but with a view varying from only a few boat lengths to a couple of hundred meters at the most, it was a good thing we did not see them in real life.

As of dusk on the 5th, the Grand banks remained behind us. The temperature is down to 4 degrees Celsius, and the water is even colder. The wind is pleasantly blowing from the SE, and we are rushing forth with higher than average speeds. The fog lifts now and then, and the horizon becomes visible for a bit, being covered by rain for the next bit.

We were able to have the heater on in the cabin for a significant part of the day today, it raised the temperature in the cabin from a cold and damp 6 degrees to as much as 15 for a while. In the afternoon, the wind turned and the back pressure from the mainsail on the heater was too high, so we had to turn it off again. The warmth will remain in the boat for a while, so hopefully the night will not be too cold for watch standing. That is necessary because even though we have passed the Grand Banks, there are still icebergs in the area, and we have to keep being on the lookout in order not to run into one.